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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Transformation Tuesday- Health Challenge Week 3

This is the third part of the 14 part health challenge series sponsored by Chiropractor Dr. Jay Davidson of Davidson Family Chiropractic.

There are there  Actions to take this week:

  • Action 1- Drink lemon water.
  • Action 2- Review your week 1 goals 
  • Action 3- Decide your Big Why
Action 1
When you wake up in the morning, before you eat drink one liter of water with lemon juice. If you weigh less than 150 pounds use one half of a lemon. If you weigh more than 150 pounds use a whole lemon.

The lemon water is great for your body to detox your system. It has a number of benefits including:
  • Potassium-  lemon is a good source helping the heart, and nerves to function well.
  • Weight loss- lemon water helps to curb cravings.
  • Reduce Inflammation-  lemon water reduces acidity in the body, including uric acid. Uric acid in the joints is a leading cause of joint inflammation.
  • Digestion- promotes healthy secretion of stomach acid to aid digestion.  Promotes bowl movements.
  • Hydration- The body can get very dehydrated overnight. This will rehydrate the body.
  • Liver Function- The liver works very hard when you sleep to de-tox your body. Drinking lemon water assists with flushing the toxins out of the body.
Review your goals from week one for improving your health for 3 weeks, 3 months and 3 years.
Review your progress on your goals.  Because I am doing this challenge each week, instead of every day there is more time to work on goals.

Action 3
You need to decide your Big Why. Why do you want to improve your health. The bigger the reason the more likely you are to be successful.  My Big Why is to keep my CMT from progression. I need to exercise, take care of my spine, manage my weight and eat healthy. I have to take care of my body because there is no treatment and no cure. 

My Big Why keeps me motivated. You need to find your Big Why.  It needs to be a why that will motivate you when things get tough.

If you want to sign up for the health challenge go to.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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